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Madonna opening fitness-club chain

Mexico City -- U.S. pop star Madonna says she is opening a chain of fitness centers around the world in partnership with her manager Guy Oseary and New Evolution Ventures.

The first Hard Candy Fitness location is a 30,000-square-foot space scheduled to open in mid-November in Mexico City's exclusive Bosques de las Lomas area.

Madonna is scheduled to visit the gym Nov. 29 for the official opening.

"Throughout her career Madonna has been devoted to fitness and well-being and has worked out in literally hundreds of gyms around the world," Hard Candy Fitness said in a news release Monday.

Fatal collapse of Madonna stage probed

Marseilles, France. -- Madonna's Sunday concert in Marseilles, France, has been canceled because of the deadly collapse of the stage that the U.S. pop star called a "tragedy."

The Times of London reported Friday witnesses to the Thursday accident at Velodrome stadium in Marseilles were being questioned by police as authorities attempt to discern the cause.

Technician Charles Prow, 23, and worker Charles Criscenzo, 53, died and up to 46 others suffered minor injuries and shock, including a U.S. national said to be in critical condition after the collapse. Two other victims were in serious condition, while the condition of the remaining victims was not reported.

Madonna honors Jackson during concert

London -- U.S. pop star Madonna asked fans at her London concert to recognize the accomplishments of the late singer Michael Jackson.

E! Online said Madonna took time Saturday to have a Jackson impersonator join her on stage and dance to the late singer's Wanna Be Starting Something."

"Let's give it up for one of the greatest artists the world has ever known," Madonna told those in attendance following the on-stage tribute to Jackson, who died June 25 at the age of 50.

Madonna also honored her fellow pop star by wearing a jeweled glove on her right hand, an affectation for which Jackson was known. Madonna's dancers also donned the gloves in recognition of Jackson.

Madonna ecstatic over adoption ruling

New York -- U.S. pop star Madonna said she is "ecstatic" an appeals court in Malawi has approved her request to adopt a little girl from an orphanage in the country.

The singer's application to adopt Chifundo "Mercy" James -- who has alternately been reported as 3 and 4 years old -- was initially denied because Madonna did not meet Malawi's residency requirements.

The judge hearing the case said granting the celebrity the adoption could possibly open the door for human trafficking.

Madonna leaves Malawi, heads to U.K.

Lilongwe, Malawi -- U.S. pop star Madonna has left the African country of Malawi and headed to London to celebrate Passover, reported.

The singer was in Malawi trying to adopt 3-year-old Mercy James, but her request was denied Friday, reportedly because Madonna didn't meet a residency requirement. said the recording artist filed an appeal in the adoption case and left the country Sunday. The little girl, who reportedly had been spending time with Madonna at the hotel where she was staying, has gone back to the orphanage where the singer met her.

"We are ready with our grounds challenging (High Court Judge Esme) Chombo's ruling," Madonna's Malawian attorney Alan Chinula told People magazine Sunday.

Ruling in Madonna adoption set for Friday

Lilongwe, Malawi -- U.S. pop star Madonna is expected to hear Friday if she will be permitted to adopt a 4-year-old African girl, officials in Malawi said.

The 50-year-old recording artist already has two biological children and a 3-year-old son she adopted from Malawi as a baby.

A spokeswoman for Malawi's Attorney General's Office told CNN that Madonna, who attended a hearing Monday in the case, should appear in person to hear the judge's decision regarding the possible second adoption Friday.

Madonna's campaign to add another member to her brood has met with some objection.

Some critics said the singer would do better to simply donate money to the impoverished country's orphanages, rather than adopt its children.